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#1134881 Let's Look Back and See How Stupid We Were

Posted by MantaRay on 24 June 2012 - 03:56 PM

Sorry Gang for being away for so long, since January I started a new job, which has taken all my leisure time away.

My days have been filled with learning more about International Business Law, and Running a new Digital Media Task force. So, my time is very limited.

As some of you know, I was lurking in the background during the playoffs and didn't want to distract from the great team achievement, nor jinx the boys during this run.

I just got back from vacationing on Martha's Vineyard and had the time to drop by. I wanted to thank all my good friends here for the kind messages and really nice enticement to come back to the boards. You guys rock.

I begin my Mea Culpa, by apologizing for ever doubting the magic of Lou Lameriello.

In any sport Defense and quality depth wins championships. In the case of Lou's Devils that has been our heritage. I have been Lou's biggest supporter. I applauded the signing of Smelik, Klee, and the Three M's after we lost Nieds. Lou could do no wrong in my book. All his moves ALWAYS made sense to me.

I was against the Kovy signing because, Forward was not a need. Defense was.

I was afraid that signing Kovy the UFA would purge the quality depth via the Salary Cap (particularly Parise) and hinder the signing of a corner stone defensemen.

I looked our roster in July and thought there is no way we are making the playoffs with Pelly, Zharkov, Sestito, Fraser, and Eric Boulton along with a collection of average defensemen.

Overall the Devils finish exactly where I thought: 4 of 5 in East. Thankfully, what I didn't predict was Buffalo, with that revamped blueline unraveling, Tampa tanking from 103 point to 84, and I guess I overrated Brian Burke in picking Toronto in the #8 playoff spot.

Kudos to Lou: I was very happy to see Sal play great D all Season, Sykora going from 2 Goals to 21, PDB using Clarkson more like Sutter did. and the miracle of that 4th line with Little G, Carter and Bernier.

Love PDB!!!

Great season! Hopefully, Zach signs long term.
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#1125088 We are officially underdogs

Posted by MantaRay on 28 May 2012 - 06:28 AM

Premise 1: Barry Melrose picked the Kings to win.
Premise 2: Barry Melrose is always wrong.
Conclusion: The Kings will not win.

Best news of the Week. This and the McGuire's "bad hockey Karma" slight bodes well for us.
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#1086921 GDT Devils vs. Rags

Posted by MantaRay on 01 February 2012 - 05:59 AM

That was the best game Kovalchuk has played since being acquired. He looked well rested and determined. Kudos.

Looking forward to another epic NJD/NYR battle in Hoboken on February 7th at Texas Arizona for the Devils Viewing Party:

Hoboken Devils Viewing party
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#1085535 Did Gomez score ?

Posted by MantaRay on 24 January 2012 - 08:06 PM

No sympathy for him. I am very happy the Hab fans hate him so much.
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#1082889 Seinfeld or Friends?

Posted by MantaRay on 16 January 2012 - 11:23 AM

Seinfeld hands down.

"We're the DEVILS!!! THE DEVILS!!!"

"gotta support the team".
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#1077277 Zach's Arbitration

Posted by MantaRay on 29 December 2011 - 12:01 PM

Sykora is giving us much better than expected play. The question really is, can he keep it up throughout the 2nd half of the year? His chemistry with Elias is undeniable, and it seems like they instinctively know where each other is going to be on the ice at all time.

If he keeps it up, and can pot 20+ goals this year, then I can see him playing here 1 more season before calling it a career (especially if he is willing to re-sign for around $750K).

Anyone can play with Elias, he is the only player on the Devils who can make wingers better than they really are.
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#1074656 Ruminations on the first 39.02% of the season

Posted by MantaRay on 19 December 2011 - 03:54 PM

Oh my, something positive. :)

It must be the holiday season.
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#1065058 GDT New Jersey Devils at Sabres

Posted by MantaRay on 17 November 2011 - 09:30 AM

The Devils now have won five of their last seven games. Those wins came over teams we need to be beating (Carolina and Winnipeg) and teams that are currently among the East's elite (Philly, Washington, Buffalo). And one of those two losses was a close one where we almost took down the streaking defending champs.

Of our next six games, only one comes against a team with more points than us (Florida) and three are against last-place teams (NYI and Columbus). November has the potential to be a very good month for this team.

Have to admit they played a great game last night.
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#1062354 NBA in New Jersey

Posted by MantaRay on 07 November 2011 - 09:45 AM

NBA is just not relevant, but again if it helps keep the Devils, I am for it.
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#986956 Raising No. 27

Posted by MantaRay on 04 February 2011 - 10:39 AM

As recently as the beginning of this season, I wasn't ready to see No. 27 go up. Now I'm ready. He was a supremely-talented player who consistently gave us "How the hell did he do that?" moments. He was a winner and was a huge part of this team's success for a long time. It's not like he badmouthed the organization or pissed on the fans. He always played hard (though he was so good that it looked effortless) and, from everything I saw and heard, spoke fondly of the Devils.

Time to let the insignificant stuff go and remember the good times, IMO.

He is one of only four Devils that have three rings with the team. I fully appreciate much more since he left. I don't blame him for moving on as he would have been forever be judged in a Devils uniform in the shadow of Stevens. Winning with Anaheim solidified his greatness.

I hold the Devils core four of Stevens, Nieds, Dano and Rafi in the same esteem I hold Savard, Robinson, Lapointe, Bouchard as the greatest defense core in league history.

Nieds was a great Devil and the team loved him (I still remember Big Jim McKenzie crushing Domi in their first visit to NJ after his cheapshot in the playoffs).
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Posted by MantaRay on 03 February 2011 - 03:34 PM

WFAN.com posted an article how the devils have not been scoring and tonights win will pretty much be easy for the rangers.
I'm not saying im confident, but i think we have all the talent to compete and after what marty said yesterday.. he has to back up his gamee.

Sadly, I have to agree with WFAN.

This will be a great test for the Devils as they will be finally be playing against a starting NHL goalie and an All-Star, while competing against a very good hockey team in the Rangers.

I can't believe I just wrote that. This is such a bizzaro hockey world where the Devils suck and Rangers are going to make the playoffs.
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#986030 Devils believe 14th straight playoff berth is 'possible'

Posted by MantaRay on 01 February 2011 - 04:30 PM

If the Devils ever become a threat to make the playoff this year, other teams will start playing their starting goalies against us and our high draft pick will be secured.
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#978657 Martin Not Setting the World on Fire

Posted by MantaRay on 09 January 2011 - 06:05 PM

I don't know who was speculating that, but that's not Martin's game. Rafalski, yes, Martin, no. Martin's a solid position player, not an offensive dynamo. Plus he's behind Letang and Goligoski on the offense-dman chart. If either of them went down with an injury, he'd see more 1st unit time.

Martin & Michalek have bolstered the team's defense, but neither one was brought on board in hopes of being an offensive sparkplug. Martin's +9 and helping get the puck out of the zone and in transition, and Michalek has blocked 73 shots in 34 games.

Devils don't miss Martin's point production as much as they miss his ability to break out of the d-zone.


If Martin were still here he would be the only defensemen that can get the puck out of our zone.
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#977494 Jamie Langenbrunner Appreciation Thread

Posted by MantaRay on 07 January 2011 - 12:26 PM

So long Langs! You were a great Devil.
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#975697 NFL 2011 Offseason Thead

Posted by MantaRay on 04 January 2011 - 02:07 PM

This from the guy who thinks Ravens WRs are Rice and Taylor reborn.......

This from a guy who can't read and then goes off and has imaginary conversations with himself.
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